For general information:Mimi Collins, 610.868.1421, ext. 119
For information about salary, hiring trends, research-related issues:Andrea Koncz, research manager, 610.868.1421, ext. 121
Shawn VanDerziel, NACE president and chief executive officer, leads the association of 16,000 college career services professionals, university relations and recruiting professionals, and business solution providers that serve the community. (Read his full bio.)
As a leader in the career development and talent acquisition field, VanDerziel works with various professional, educational, and government organizations nationwide to advocate on behalf of the association’s members as well as for the college students and graduates they serve. He regularly presents on trends and issues in the employment market for new college graduates, including career readiness, internships, and recruiting strategies.
As NACE’s director of research and public policy, Mary Gatta, Ph.D., leads NACE research on the employment of the college educated. Dr. Gatta has more than 20 years of teaching, research, and advocacy experience at colleges and in nonprofit organizations where she worked on issues of career education and workforce development.
Dr. Gatta’s work is centered on evidence-based research analysis to develop new solutions to current problems—particularly around economic security, education, and workforce policies. In all her research projects, she uses an equity and intersectionality lens.
Prior to joining NACE, Dr. Gatta served as an associate professor of sociology at City University of New York-Guttman and faculty director of the Ethnographies of Work program. In addition, she was the research director at the Rutgers University Center for Women and Work and a senior scholar at Wider Opportunities for Women in Washington D.C. Dr. Gatta also served on New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's Labor and Workforce Development Transition Team.
Josh Kahn, Ph.D., is the associate director of research and public policy at NACE, where he helps run the research department by developing and administering surveys, analyzing data, and disseminating results to the membership and the press. Dr. Kahn’s interests include using a wide range of measurement and assessment techniques, strengthening systems and routines to enhance outcomes, and weaving together multiple sources of data to make informed decisions.
He earned his doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis on quantitative research methods from the University of Oregon in 2018.
Andrea Koncz analyzes and reports on employment and job market trends for new college graduates. She also researches starting salary information for NACE's Salary Survey report, and responds to inquiries regarding the national and regional job market for new college graduates, including starting salary information for more than 90 disciplines. She also reports on employers' hiring projections through NACE's annual Job Outlook report, and is available to discuss the recruiting methods employers favor, the skills they seek in college candidates, and the challenges they face in assimilating new hires into the workplace.